TeenAg students safe and uninjured after US lockdown

Posted by on 12 July 2019 | Comments

Six TeenAg students have been caught up in a campus-wide lockdown at a United States university.

The girls were attending the 4-H Congress at Montana State University in Bozeman when it was placed into a lockdown.

It was prompted by threats made by a university employee who was about to be fired, according to the Associated Press.

Students, employees and visitors were ordered to stay in locked rooms with window blinds drawn for nearly two hours while officers searched for the man.

He was located and detained.

The NZ students, who are in Montana on a three-week TeenAg exchange, are all safe and uninjured.

The girls are from Dipton, Five Rivers, Oamaru, Ashburton, Timaru and Te Awamutu. They’re being chaperoned by Bridget Huddleston from NZ Young Farmers.

The incident happened on the final day (Friday NZ time) of the 4-H Congress.

The students have been participating in educational workshops, livestock judging competitions and learning about career opportunities in the primary industries.

The event attracted students from around the world.

They’ll spend the remainder of the trip being billeted by host families.